Keanu Reeves is a man in demand right now. The actor starred in the sequel to Bill & Ted Face the Music last summer, lent his talents to CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077, and will reprise his role as Neo in The Matrix 4 later this year.
On top of all that, Reeves saw the first issue of BRZRKR – the comic book series he created – released earlier in March. Now three weeks after Boom! The studios have released the first entry in Reeves’ 12-issue limited series, Netflix has announced that it is developing a live-action film and an anime series based on the property.
The streamer revealed the news on his NX Twitter account on Monday night and confirmed that Reeves will star and produce the film adaptation. Reeves will also lend his voice to the follow-up animated series.
Check out the official announcement below:
Exciting news! Netflix is developing a live-action film AND a follow-up anime series based on Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR, a brutally epic saga about an 80,000-year-old fight of an immortal warrior through the ages. Reeves will produce and star in the film, and voice the anime. pic.twitter.com/RVWEuBCXTJMarch 22, 2021
What is Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic series?
For those who don’t know it, BRZRKR is described as a “brutally epic saga” by publisher Boom! Studios and follows the journey of an immortal warrior through 80,000 years of history.
The protagonist of BRZRKR is known simply as “B”, a demi-mortal and demigod who is cursed for committing violent acts despite its effects on his sanity. After wandering the Earth for centuries, “B” is enlisted by the US government to fight battles they deem too dangerous for others. In return, “B” will finally learn how to break the hoodoo over his never-ending life.
The comic book series was created and co-written by Reeves, with New York Times bestselling author Matt Kindt (Folklords, Bang!) Helping Reeves develop the narrative. Famous Marvel artist Ron Garney (Wolverine, Captain America) will illustrate all 12 numbers, with additional coloring from Bill Crabtree (BPRD), letters from Clem Robins (Hellboy) and character designs and comic book covers produced by Rafael Grampá (The Dark Knight Returns): The Golden Child).
The first issue of BRZRKR, arriving on March 4, shipped 615,000 copies – sales that Bleeding Cool says make it one of the best-selling comics of the 21st century.
There is currently no release date for the two Netflix adaptations or the extent to which the live-action film will stay true to the source material. The animated series doesn’t appear to be a direct sequel, according to a Boom! The studios are posting in the wake of Netflix’s announcement, but will expand on the BRZRKR universe that Reeves has spent years developing.